CHCI Medical Humanities Network

Research Projects

  • Age and the Body-University of Witwatersrand

    University of the Witwatersrand, Wiser

    Goal: Exploring attitudes toward aging and researching a range of medical responses to the facts of aging and death, by collecting narratives from the elderly that record and reflect on 20th century sexual practices, organ and transplant histories, chronic illness, neuro states, and pathographies, all the while including ordinary South Africans and analyses of two notable South Africans—Christiaan Barnard and Nelson Mandela.

  • Aging and its Tropes-Columbia University

    Columbia University

    Goal: The Columbia University project on aging “Aging and its Tropes” focuses on the study of “aging” as a concern brought together at the interface of elderly experience, care, and questions of social justice, as it brings together the medical and the carceral. Our research and discursive sites comprise both “complete and total institutions” and non-institutional settings: the hospital, the prison, the arts, the street.

  • Border Crossing, Piloting, Aging-Chinese University of Hong Kong

    Chinese University of Hong Kong

    Goal: Questioning the received notion of Chinese culture as particularly reverent toward the elderly through a rigorous examination of the historical record, while studying how attitudes and behavior toward the elderly have changed over the past fifty years.

  • Culture and the Reproduction of Myths About Aging-King's College London

    King's College London

    Goal: Surveying the extent to which recent memoirs concerned with old age contest Western stereotypes and how far they reinforce them. How can social innovation help redress institutionally ingrained patterns? And how might Western society use memoir more effectively to engage with the realities of old age?

  • Falls Narrative Study-University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

    University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

    Goal: Examine how older adults narrate falls by collecting and analyzing narratives about falls written by older adults.

  • Medical Humanities: Diverse Inquiries-Dartmouth College

    Dartmouth College

    Goal: To support inquiry into the medical humanities across disciplines and fields, emphasizing collaborations between the liberal arts, medical education, and clinical care. Issues of subjectivity, perspective-taking, and narrative unite these diverse scholarly inquiries.

Symposia and Lecture Series
Summer Institutes
  • 2019 CHCI Medical Humanities Institute: Health Beyond Borders

    Columbia Global Centers | Paris

    Goal: June 14-15 at Columbia Global Centers | Paris (Reid Hall). Program goals are to promote discussion about how borders shape global health, medical practice, and humanistic representation and expression. The Summer Institute will be followed by a Graduate Symposium on June 17-19.

  • 2018 CHCI Medical Humanities Institute: Neurodiversities

    Duke University

    Goal: October 26-27 at Franklin Humanities Institute, Duke University. For details, see conference webpage: https://fhi.duke.edu/events/neurodiversities

  • 2017 CHCI Medical Humanities Institute: Global Health

    University of Miami

    Goal: May 19-20, 2017, at the University of Miami in Florida. Program goals are to promote discussion about global health and medical humanities for practitioners.

  • 2016 CHCI Medical Humanities Institute

    King's College London

    Goal: June 26, 2016 - June 27, 2016, Kings College London. Goal is to promote robust conversation about medical humanities research and the development of degree programs.

  • 2015 CHCI Medical Humanities Institute

    Dartmouth College

    Goal: July 12-14, 2015, Dartmouth University. Gathered scholars and practitioners in medical humanities to discuss research being done under this rubric in a number of disciplines.